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Is your waist trainer doing more harm than good?


Every lady wants to have a smaller waistline and the coveted hourglass figure courtesy of celebrities and models on televisions and magazines.

There is no scientific proof that these garments actually work: Photo / Courtesy

Many of them go for the easy and faster way advertised out there: waist trainers.

The question is, are these waist trainers doing more harm than good to you?

Waist trainers have been in existence for a long time where they were known as corsets and are basically glorified modern corsets.

It is recommended you wear the waist trainer during the day and during exercise for at least 8 hours for 6 weeks after which you will achieve the perfect (though temporary) hourglass figure.

However, there is no scientific proof that these garments actually work.

In Kenya, the average price of a new waist trainer goes for Kshs 3000.

Dr. Nina, a health coach and self-care expert, advice against waist trainers in that they promote excess body flab and provide a false appearance of firm, youthful muscles but do not encourage muscle development.

In fact, with regular use, the body will appear flabbier, making the core and lower muscle groups susceptible to atrophy.

As you perform physical activities like walking, while wearing a waist trainer, much of the slack is taken up by the trainer and not your muscles.

Waist trainers can also harm your organs if you don’t know. Previous studies found that wearing corsets for a longer term actually misplaces your organs and could cause permanent damage to the tissues.

They can put excessive pressure on the midsection, limiting blood and oxygen flow to the vital organs and can lead to health complications.

The added pressure and tightness makes breathing harder and puts you at risk of passing out.

Additionally, waist trainers heat up the core and can cause excessive sweating.

From the observation above, it means that weight might be lost but you will be putting yourself at risk of dehydration.

Mild dehydration isn’t serious. But if you wear a waist trainer regularly and don’t hydrate properly, you’ll eventually become more and more dehydrated.

Severe dehydration is a serious problem and can cause fatigue, fainting, headaches, and in some cases, seizures.

There are no shortcuts when it comes to health and fitness. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Forewarned is forearmed. Consult health and fitness experts before embarking on a journey that may cost your life.


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